Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

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Dr. Kenneth R. Hansen, O.D.

Founder of Ankeny Family Vision Center,
Optometrist

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Dr. Ken Hansen birthed a dream in 1976 and his dream became a reality in October 1977 as Ankeny Family Vision Center.  The "family" part meaning all who enter our doors would become a member of our family.  Now 39 years later, 2 and 3 generations of those first "family" members are still with him!

Dr. Hansen wanted to live a life of purpose - and saw Ankeny Family Vision Center as his ministry - his calling from the Lord.  He has served and met the needs of this great community well; from his involvement early on in Rotary to now being on the Board of Directors of Faith Baptist Bible College.  His heart is, and always will be, the people of Ankeny.

Dr. Hansen graduated from the University of Houston with his Doctor of Optometry in 1974. He served in the military for 17 years as both a Naval officer and the optometrist for the Iowa Army National Guard. 

He specializes in fitting hard-to-fit contact lenses, as well as providing individualized, comprehensive, and preventative eye health exams, co-managing surgery patients, and seeing patients with primary care needs.

January 2, 2017 Dr. Hansen stepped down as owner of Ankeny Family Vision Center.  He is not retiring; he loves what he does.  He will continue to see patients his normal working days.  He feels it is time to allow Dr. Pietig to stretch her wings and continue his legacy of ministry to all of you!

Dr. Hansen and his wife, Marcia, will continue to be a vital part of Ankeny Family Vision Center through their support and encouragement!

Drs Todd and Mandy Pietig

Owners of Ankeny Family Vision Center 

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Dr. Mandy Mataya Pietig, O.D.

Owner of Ankeny Family Vision Center,
Optometrist

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Dr. Mandy Pietig is the owner of Ankeny Family Vision Center as of January 2, 2017.  Dr. Pietig has worked with Dr. Hansen since 2009 and shown herself capable of taking this office to new heights.  She is young, energetic, and business-minded.  She has a vision for the practice and is looking forward to continuing the legacy that Dr. Hansen has planted and nurtured the last 39 years.

Dr. Pietig is a native of Madrid and received her Doctor of Optometry in 2007 from the Illinois College of Optometry.  She is an outstanding optometrist and treats each patient with individualized and comprehensive eye health care.

Dr. Pietig is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of all patients and specializes in working with those patients experiencing dry eyes, diabetes, high blood pressure and glaucoma as well as many childhood conditions, such as lazy eye and amblyopia.  She also takes a special interest in unique and difficult-to-fit contact lenses.

Dr. Pietig also enjoys seeing pediatric patients starting at 6 months of age through our InfantSEE Program.  Many eye conditions do not show symptoms that can be identified by a parent or well-baby check.  Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early.

Dr. Pietig is married to Dr. Todd Pietig, an optometrist, and they reside in Ankeny. Three boys take up their time out of the office.

 Dr. Tilena Waters, O.D.

 Optometrist

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Raised in Marion, Iowa, Dr. Tilena Waters received her Doctor of Optometry in 2006 from the Illinois College of Optometry.  She completed a residency in Pediatrics and Primary Care at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 2007.  Dr. Waters's passion for optometry led her to further post-doctorate education. She received a Fellowship in the prestigious American Academy of Optometry in 2010. 

Dr. Waters joined Ankeny Family Vision Center in February 2017.  Her extensive education allows her to diagnose and treat patients of all ages.  In addition to providing comprehensive and preventative eye care, Dr. Waters treats patients with conditions such as dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and diabetes.  She is specialized in treating childhood vision dysfunctions such as amblyopia, binocular vision dysfunctions, and visual information processing disorders. 

Outside of the office, she and her husband, Dan, enjoy traveling, spending time with family, gardening, photography, and going on walks with their dog, Sofi.

Crystal

Director of Operations,
Office Manager

staff Crystal

Crystal joined AFVC in April of 2017.  She proudly serves AFVC as the Director of Operations, Office Manager.

Crystal studied at DMACC of Ankeny.  Originally from the Cedar Falls, IA, area Crystal and her family now call Ames home.

While Crystal takes pride in being part of the AFVC team, her favorite role is wife to her husband, Tyson, and mom to their four children, Klaire (16), Emmie (12), Parker (7), and Charlie (6).  She is passionate about her faith, family, and fully living the ups and downs of life.

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Barbara, A.B.O.C., N.C.L.E.C.

Certified Optician,
Certified Contact Lens Technician

Barbara

Barbara has been a part of AFVC for over 7 years.  She received her training in Opticianry in Minnesota and Colorado. 

Her knowledge and experience in eye care allows her the ability to help you with frame styling, custom fitting of eyewear, making adjustments as needed, filling prescription eyewear, and educating patients on the latest in digital lens design and coatings.

Barbara also assists our doctors with diagnostic testing and trains in the use and care of contact lenses. 

Barbara enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, boating, fishing, and spending time with Bailey, their English Pointer.

You may email Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Erin

Front Desk Coordinator

Erin

Erin joined AFVC in January of 2013.  She serves as front desk coordinator.

Erin graduated from AIB College of Business in Des Moines.  She was born and raised in Denison, Iowa, and moved to Ankeny in 2006 with her family.  She and her husband, Shawn, have two daughters, Morgan and Aubrey.

Erin enjoys spending her free time with her family and reading.

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Sydney 

Optician

Sydney

Sydney joined our team in December of 2017. She readily serves our patients and our team as an optician.  Sydney is always up to date on the latest optical styles and enjoys assisting our patients in choosing the right frames for each individual.

Sydney was born in Des Moines, IA.  She moved to Colfax and then to Newton where she spent most of her childhood and went on to graduate from Newton High School.  Sydney now calls Des Moines home. 

Sydney loves spending time with her family and making others smile.  She is artistic, creative, and we can always count on Sydney to keep us up to date on the current fashion trends.

Abbey

Technician

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AFVC welcomed Abigail (Abbey) in September of 2017.  She energetically serves as an optometric technician.  

Abbey grew up in Nashville, TN but now calls Ankeny home. 

She is very passionate about investing into the Ankeny community not only through AFVC, but also in the Salt Company of Ankeny, a college ministry for DMACC students. She is a trusted Leader of a Connection Group, volunteers time to the Salt Co. Worship Team, and spends her free time mentoring young women.

Bethany

Billing Systems Manager

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Bethany joined AFVC in June of 2016. She serves our patient and our team remotely as our Billings System Manager.

Bethany earned her BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business in 2013. She was born and raised in Urbandale, Iowa and graduated from Dowling Catholic High School.

Bethany now lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Anton, and their one year old son, Aiden. They love spending time together as a family, doing anything surrounding water. They look forward to the summer season as they enjoy camping, swimming, and boating.

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Raquel

Esthetician

Raquel joined our team in March of 2018 for the opening of Ankeny’s first Optometric Led Eye and Facial Spa. She joined our team as a licensed esthetician. Raquel is
passionate about self-care and the importance of taking care of your body and your skin.

Raquel studied and graduated from PCI Academy with dual licenses. She is also certified in Microdermabrasion, Lash Extensions, and Chemical Peels. Raquel looks forward to serving the Ankeny community through our Eye and Facial Spa; she enjoys being a part of transitioning individuals into a healthier “you”.

Raquel grew up in Washington, IL; but, Ankeny became her home in 2009. While Raquel enjoys her time at AFVC, her most important role is wife and mom to her twin daughters.

She is a true artist in every sense of the word and exudes creativity.

IWA

Optician

IWA

IWA (Eva) joined AFVC in September of 2006.  She enjoyed working for many years as a receptionist.  Iwa had a brief pause with AFVC to pursue her certification in personal training and to spend more time with her grandchildren. She recently rejoined AFVC to serve our patients as an optician.

Iwa was born in Hawii.  She moved with her family to Iowa in 2000.

Iwa, married to Richard; just celebrated their 33rd Wedding Anniversary.  Together, Iwa and her husband love spending time with their three children and adore spoiling their six grandchildren.

Kirsten 

Front Desk


Kirsten joined AFVC in January of 2018.  She serves our patients and our team as a front desk receptionist.

Kirsten attended DMACC to study Culinary, Business Administration, and Management.  Kirsten was born in San Jose, California. She moved to Iowa with her family at age seven where she later graduated High School from Jefferson Scranton High.  After graduating from DMACC in 2014, Kirsten spread her wings and moved back to California.  She enjoyed three years in California but realized that wasn't her home.  In 2017 Kirsten moved back to Iowa and is proud to now call Ankeny home.

Kirsten has two adorable rescue dogs that complete her family.  In her free time, Kirsten enjoys fishing, camping, and spending her summer days at car shows across the state of Iowa.

Jill

Clinical Services Coordinator


Jill joined AFVC in July of 2018.  She warmly serves our patients and our team as our Clinical Services Coordinator. 

Jill attended and graduated college at La James International College in Des Moines in 2003.  She is licensed in both Cosmetology and Esthetics. Originally from Story City, IA, Jill and her husband, Steve, and their two sons now reside in Polk City. 

Jill and her family spend as much time on the lake as they can.  She enjoys live music, good coffee, and being with family and friends.

Mallory

Front Desk


Mallory joined AFVC in September of 2018.  She serves our patients and our team as a front desk receptionist.   

Originally from Callender, IA, Mallory is currently a resident of Ankeny.  Mallory graduated from Des Moines Community College with her Associates Degree in Marketing.

In her free time, Mallory loves being outdoors, especially camping, hunting, and fishing.  Mallory also loves visiting family in Callender, IA, and spending time with her pets: 8 dogs, a blue macaw, a fox, several chickens, ducks, geese, and peacocks.  Mallory enjoys trying new foods, traveling, and watching movies.

Peyton

Optometric Technician


Peyton joined the AFVC team in September of 2018.  She joined us as an optometric technician.  Peyton works closely with Dr. Tilena Waters and performs pre-testing for our patients.
Peyton is originally from Minnesota; however, she now resides in Mitchellville, IA, with her sweet dog, Bristol.

While Peyton enjoys her time at AFVC, she is passionate about travel.  She loves spending time with friends and family.  Peyton enjoys sprint car racing and likes to spend her spare time at dirt tracks.

Susan

Front Desk


Susan joined AFVC in October of 2018 as a receptionist.  As our front desk receptionist, Susan answers the phones, books appointments and assists our patients with check-in and check-out.

Born in Keokuk, IA, Susan now resides in Ankeny. She recently wed and is married to Justin. They are looking forward to their first year of marriage.

In her free time, Susan enjoys traveling, hiking, watching college football (go Hawks!), and white water rafting.  Susan and Justin have two fur babies, a golden retriever and a black lab.

Savannah

Technician/Front Desk


Savannah joined AFVC in July of 2018.  She warmly serves our patients as Dr. Pietig's technician as well as working at the front desk.

Savannah attended Des Moines Area Community College and graduated in 2018 with an Associates in Management, a Human Resource Certificate, and a Sales and Management Diploma. She grew up in Indianola, IA, but currently lives in Ankeny.

Savannah loves to spend time with her family as often as she can. She also loves traveling, getting coffee with friends, and being with her four fur babies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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